Tomorrow, Monday, a new tourist and educational attraction is inaugurated, closely related to the history of Vega Baja: the famous cane train, which served the sugar industry for decades, announced today Marcos Cruz Molina, mayor of the city of ‘Melao Melao’ . The old train station, located on Highway # 686, entering the Post Office on Highway # 2 in Vega Baja, will be inaugurated tomorrow at 2:00 pm
It is in the Cabo Caribe sector, where the old stop was built more than a century ago, where the train was the main means of transportation, and that sometimes took entire families to new destinations. “First than mayor, I am an educator, and I am convinced that to the extent that the new generations know their history, they will know their origins to project themselves safely into the future. What we will inaugurate tomorrow is an initiative that was conceived during the mandate of former mayor Luis Meléndez Cano, when he proposed the rehabilitation of the old train station ”.
“Having this locomotive will help young people who have never seen one of these machines know how these machines worked and their fundamental role in our history,” he added. Cruz Molina points out that Central San Vicente was the first sugar factory in Puerto Rico, founded by Don Leonardo Igaravídez on May 3, 1873 in Vega Baja. This corporation was dissolved in 1967, although it operated as a farm since 1850. In fact, the famous Russian photographer by birth, naturalized North American and Puerto Rican by adoption, Jack Delano, published a book of photographs entitled ‘From San Juan to Ponce in the tren ‘, which documents part of that great economic and social history of Puerto Rico.
This initiative joins other attractions managed by the Municipality, such as the Vega Baja History Museum, the Military Museum, the Alonso House, the América Theater and the Butterfly Garden. “At this time we are also working on the restoration of the Cine Teatro Fénix, which will offer a good alternative for family fun and entertainment when we get out of the pandemic. The Mayor’s House is also restored with federal funds earmarked specifically for these purposes. For this, we have arranged for said historic building to return to its original state, with the clock on its dome, as conceptualized by its designers and architects ”, concluded Cruz Molina.